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Had permission from MHA, Tihar Jail authorities to interview Delhi gangrape convict: British filmmaker

Mar 03, 2015 02:55 PM IST India India
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New Delhi: BAFTA award winning Director and Producer Leslee Udwin on Tuesday claimed that she had followed all instructions and had permission from Ministry of Home Affairs and Tihar Jail authorities to interview 2012 Delhi gangrape convict.

As part of her documentary 'India's Daughter', Leslee had interview Mukesh Kumar, who is on death row in the rape case and reportedly said "women are more responsible for rape than men".

The Home Ministry is in a damage control mode after excerpts from the documentary were made public.

Leslee said, "I have the permission letter from MHA and Tihar authorities. We showed unedited raw footage. We have followed all the instructions given to us by authority. The interview has been done with permission and not by breaching any security."

Leslee who is also rape survior said, "This is a very important film which reflects serious problem for women in India and across country. Nirbhaya rape was only tip of the iceberg. I know there are more horrific rape across country as well. I was raped as well.

Leslee interviewed Mukesh for 16 hours in three days, said, "I tried to know what Mukesh thinks about women and what led him to do this."

Claiming that it was not a BBC film, Leslee said, "It's not BBC's film. 60 per cent of the film has been funded by me as I love India and my passion. I made this documentary to gift to people who inspired me."

The Director General of Prisons has sent a report to MHA which said that the0 permission for the interview was given by former Tihar Jailer Vimla Mehra.